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Non-Sony Android devices get access to Sony PS4 Remote Play thanks to new port

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


When Sony announced their new Xperia Z3 smartphones during IFA 2014, one of the new features included was PS4 Remote Play. This new feature meant owners of the new devices could use their Sony smartphones as a second screen for the their Sony PS4 gaming platform. Even better than that, users could continue to play PS4 titles remotely on their mobile device. This was some great news for gamers who had PlayStation 4 devices if they were going to invest in a new Sony smartphone. Unfortunately, a Sony spokesperson said the company had “no intent to bring remote play to any device other than Xperia” meaning a lot of PlayStation 4 owners would miss out on the feature. That may have changed now thanks to a new port developed by XDA member XperiaPlaystation who has figured out how to get it working with a much larger population of Android devices.

According to XperiaPlaystation, the ported app should work with Android devices running at least Android 4.0 or newer. Users do have to install CWM (ClockWorkMod) Recovery, then flash a ZIP file, follow a couple other steps to clean up the device, and then install the APK file. Oddly enough, owners of a Sony Xperia Z1 have an additional step related to changing their build.prop in order to get the ported app to work.

If you have a PlayStation 4 and want to give the PS4 Remote Play app a try and you are willing to do some work on your device, hit the source link below for more detailed instructions and links to the appropriate files.

source: XDA Forum

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SunShine BootLoader Unlock tool launches for Motorola and HTC smartphones

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Thanks to a new application designed and coded by TeamAndIRC, a loyal member of the XDA Developer forums, Android users can now automatically unlock the bootloader on a bunch of Motorola and HTC branded smartphones from 2013.

Getting started is super easy. All you have to do is visit the download thread over on XDA, pay the service registration fee of $25 (which will be refunded if it does not work), install the Sunshine Bootloader Unlock on your device, and open it up. Then hit the start button and watch your bootloader unlock right in front of your eyes.

The full list of SunShine compatible devices can be seen below:

  • Motorola Moto X
  • Droid Maxx/Ultra/Mini
  • Motorola G
  • HTC One Mini M4
  • HTC One M7
  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One E8
  • HTC J Butteryfly
  • HTC One X (Evita)

Motorola devices should already be rooted. The app will try to obtain temporary root if not, but does warn that it could be unstable.

Please note that unlocking your bootloader completely voids your smartphones warranty, but, in return, does provide you with more control over your device and removes any restrictions that the manufacturer may have integrated into the software when designing the unit.

To download ShineShine BootLoader Unlock on your device — click the source link below, but do make sure you read the full details and warnings before proceeding.

Source: XDA
Via: Android Headlines

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CyanogenMod 11 officially makes its way to the Motorola Moto G 4G

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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One of the surest signs that a device has paid its dues, that it has reached a certain level of public distribution and support, is when it receives official CyanogenMod support. Motorola’s Moto G 4G has just received these honors with CyanogenMod 11, let the ROMing begin.

The Moto G 4G is the second major iteration of an exceptional piece of hardware. The original Moto G came equipped with just 3G connectivity and no microSD card slot. The Moto G 4G, in short, improves upon the original by adding 4G connectivity and room for a microSD card.

In terms of specs, the Moto G 4G rocks a 4.5-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM a 5MP camera and has been updated to Android 4.4.4 KitKat for most versions. The near completely vanilla Android experience makes for impressive performance on the Moto G 4G, we look forward to seeing if CyanogenMod can produce the same great results.

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CyanogenMod is one of the leading custom ROM developers in the Android market. CyanogenMod 11 is built on Android 4.4.4 KitKat and offers users a unique approach to the mobile user interface and experience.

While CyanogenMod supports many devices, it does not support them all. This is an expected achievement for the beloved Moto G line, but one that should not go unnoticed, and most certainly will not be overlooked by fans of installing custom ROMs on their devices.

If you are ready to take the plunge, head on over to the XDA Forum for CyanogemMod on the Moto G 4G, they have all the instructions you’ll need.

What is the number one reason that you install custom ROMs? Will you put CyanogenMod on your Moto G 4G?

Via: XDA Developers;
Source: XDA Forums;

Digital Car looks to satiate your Android Auto desires, today

Posted by wicked August - 7 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Digital Car Android Auto Alternative

Digital Car is here to update your Android device in the car experience. A dedicated user friendly driving interface, coupled with appropriate power, audio and app selections to help you get through until, or altogether forget about, Android Auto.

You know how it goes, Google tells us about a cool new feature, they even go all out to show it off at a big conference, but if they launch it at that time, it only goes live for a small selection of devices. Then an independent developer, often over at the XDA-Forums, pops up with an alternative solution that is available for more devices, and now.

With that, Digital Car is available in the XDA-Forums as an alternative to Google’s upcoming Android Auto.

Unlike other alternative solutions for Google products, Digital Auto does not look to directly duplicate the Android Auto experience, it instead brings a compelling alternative to your car’s dashboard. The app appears best designed for your tablet, who doesn’t like the big screen? You get a full screen user interface, streamlined for the things you’d want on the road, with several preset app icons, an app launcher and more.

Now, Digital Car is not for everyone, there is a specific set of steps you need to follow to make it all work on your device. Digital Car is also only available if you sign up to be a part of their testing group, and by testing, I absolutely mean that this is an alpha release. Lastly, Digital Car is not likely to join Android Auto in the Open Automotive Alliance, if that is important to you. This wouldn’t be complete without a video showing what it’s all about:

If you are interested, head on over to the XDA forum post for Digital Car to learn more, or just hit their Google+ community to sign up and get started.

What solutions have you been using for your automotive needs? Now, what solutions have you been using that do not defy local distracted driving laws?

Via: XDA Developers;

Better Open With gives more knobs when opening files

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

It’s great that Android doesn’t tie you down to a specific app for different types of files, but sometimes the default “Complete Action With” behavior is annoying, if not limited. For those who want a bit more control over this part of the Android OS, Better Open With gives you better options, including the option not to do anything at all.

The Android platform is already powerful and flexible enough that it will present you with a list of compatible apps when opening a certain file type and even lets you set the default app for that action. However, there might be cases when you want to use a different app from time to time but having to choose an app every time can also be equally cumbersome. There are also times when you click on a link or file and don’t realize that the Complete Action With window popped up. It is exactly for those situations that Better Open With was made.

When you select Better Open With as the default app for opening files, you do still get the Complete Action With window, except now you have a few more features available. For one, there is a configurable timeout that will automatically select your preferred app when you don’t do anything after, say, 5 seconds. You can also set your favorite app for each file type right from Better Open With, so you won’t have to wait for the system to ask you about it when the time comes. This gives you more flexibility when opening files but at the same time lets you be lazy and it will still take action even if you don’t.


Better Open With also has other customizations options, like choosing between light and dark color schemes to match your theme or choosing between a list or a grid view when displaying available apps. The app is completely free, comes with no adds, but is still in beta. The developer already has a todo list of upcoming features, including basic ones like sorting apps, hiding apps, or even just more supported filetypes.

Download: Better Open With on Google Play Store

HTC One (M7) gets a taste of Android L

Posted by wicked July - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


If you are interested in seeing what Android L may look like on an HTC device, you are in luck thanks to the efforts of the folks over at the XDA Forums. Senior member ssrij and several other developers managed to hack together a version of Android L for the HTC One (M7) using ramdisk and some kernel modifications.

The Android L port they created is still very rough and several functions are not yet operating. That includes features like WiFi, Bluetooth, the camera, and sound. You can still get a feel for what Android L will look like, which was the main goal in Google’s release of the developer preview in the first place. Even the official developer preview has proven to be a little too immature and missing too much for most people to consider making it a daily driver.

If you want to give Android L a try on your HTC One (M7), hit the source link for more information on how to grab the ROM.

source: XDA Developers

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Notific helps manage notifications while your phone’s still locked

Posted by wicked July - 11 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The more apps you install and use, the more your notifications can get messier and at times, more annoying. Yes, we know you can disable notifications per app, but for the ones that you really can’t let go, you need something to make it more manageable for you while you’re working and doing other activities. The Notific lockscreen notification app will attempt to do that for Android smartphone users.

Just like other notification apps, it displays yours even while your phone is on locked screen mode. But what makes Notific different is it is more intuitive and does not take up a lot of memory usage, which is sometimes the problem with these kind of apps. Along with the notification, there are quick action buttons that will allow you to choose who to respond to the message. It can also detect when your phone is in your pocket or bag and so the notification screen will not turn on unless you take it out within 10 seconds of receiving the notification.

It will not drain much both your battery and your memory usage, as it uses the proximity sensor for only 10 seconds and only around 2-10MB of memory is used. They are also assuring users that they are not mining your data, especially since the app doesn’t need Internet connection to work. Even when it crashes, it will not ask you to send data reports or Google analytics to their server.

While the app is still in active development mode, it is already available in the Google Play Store for $.99. But there is also a free version APK which has almost all of the features except for the blacklist/whitelist function. You might encounter a bit of problems with the sensor, since it was calibrated for Nexus devices originally, but you can try calibrating it manually in your settings. The developer said users should expect more updates and features in the next few months.


VIA: XDA Developers

Jolla Launcher Alpha ported to Android 4.2 devices

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Jolla has started the alpha testing of its Jolla Launcher for Android, available only for a selected few alpha testers. Of course, this being Android, there is very little to stop more arduous users from taking it and making it available for a wider public, just as what one XDA member did for anyone who owns an Android device version 4.2 or higher.

A word of caution. Jolla Launcher is very much a work in progress, and alpha-quality release in every sense of the word. Many things are still not working, or not working properly, so bugs and performance issues are expected. It will not eat your kittens. However, it might drive you to frustration that you might end up wanting to do that yourself.

The Jolla Launcher alpha release is officially compatible only with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, but is also somewhat compatible with devices running Android 4.3 and higher. With this port by XDA Forum Member riyono, the launcher is now available one generation older, Android 4.2. to be precise, and available for those who weren’t able to get into the alpha testing group.

But what exactly are you getting with this rather strange launcher from a relatively unknown Finnish startup? You practically get some of the features available on the company’s first and so far only Sailfish OS smartphone. You get rather unique interaction methods like the pulley menu, swiping from left or right edges to go back to a home screen that shows currently running apps in a grid, a colorful but a bit inconvenient app launcher grid, and a still unimplemented Ambiance theming system. If you’re curious to hear more about Jolla Launcher on Android, you can head on over to our hands-on of its alpha release to see if this is something worth trying out for yourself.


Google Play Edition Moto G receiving Android 4.4.4 update

Posted by wicked July - 1 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Android 4.4.4 wasn’t a major update, but there were some decently-sized bug fixes involved. Nonetheless, users are wondering when their devices will finally receive the update — those with the Google Play Edition Moto G can now stop wondering.

The 4.4.4 update is now pushing out to the phone, so if you have one, you can either wait for it to hit your device or flash it yourself. The download mirror to the software’s file is in the source link.

Source: XDA

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Inapp Translator floats inside apps to translate text

Posted by wicked May - 27 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Inapp Translator is a rather handy utility that, as the name suggests, offers you translation features within any app that allows text to be copied, without leaving that app and switching to a dedicated translation app. But while it offers convenience, the app does have some quirks and limitations that might turn off a few users.

The way Inapp Translator work is technically simple. Once activated, it runs in the background and monitors your device’s clipboard, that virtual space where copied text resides. Once text in a supported language is detected, the app will translate the text into another supported language, all configurable, of course. All of these happens in a floating window, ala Facebook Chat Heads, so that you can do everything without having to leave your app or browser. You can tap and hold on the translated text to bring up options to copy it to the clipboard as well. An easy and convenient path, definitely, but getting there has a few bumps in the road.

First, you will have to activate the floating icon via the Inapp Translator app itself, which could cause you to leave the currently running app anyway and negates the whole promise of the translator app. Unless, you don’t mind having a floating T enclosed in a circle hanging around your screen all the time, even when you don’t need it. Banishing the icon is easy, involving only a tap and hold gesture. Of course, after that, you’ll need to activate it again when and if you need it. Translating isn’t automatic either. Aside from highlighting the text you want translated, you have to explicitly copy it to the clipboard and then tap on the Inapp Translator floating icon to translate the text. Still, it’s better than jumping between apps just to get the right words.

Inapp Translator uses Microsoft Translator for its backend, which might be a bit surprising until you find out that Google Translate’s API doesn’t have a free, but limited, offering. Inapp Translator itself is free, but offers an in-app purchase option to get rid of ads which, for a limited time only, will only cost 1€.


Download: Inapp Translator on Google Play Store